1st Grade Crew Teacher
Meet Ms. Mikaela!
Hi! My name is Mikaela Sanders. My journey with Renaissance began as a parent. Although it took us a few years to get here, once we came to REMS, it finally felt like home. During the two years our son, Mason (now a sophomore), was at REMS I saw first hand how wonderful and unique this school community is. I didn’t want my connection to this school to end just because he was moving on. In 2019 he matriculated to Renaissance Secondary School, and I accepted a teaching position at REMS.
I was born in Minnesota but moved around quite a bit as a child calling 5 different states home at various points. I graduated from Towson University, just outside of Baltimore, MD in December of 2001. During the years that followed, I taught first, fourth, and fifth grades in both public and private settings in the Baltimore area. My husband, Will, and I visited CO a few times and fell in love with so many things this state has to offer; we knew we had to move. In the Fall of 2014 we packed up our things and made our way to Castle Rock. Upon moving, I enjoyed a couple years at home as we settled in, but was missing the thing I’m most passionate about- teaching! I returned to education at a local charter school where I taught second grade and served as a literacy interventionist working with students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
For the last three years I’ve worked at REMS as a third grade teacher but this year I’m so excited to be returning to my favorite grade- first! The 2022-2023 school year will be my 19th year of teaching. It is my goal to instill a love for learning in my students, to inspire, and to challenge them each day. I also enjoy the inspiration the students provide me with; I find myself constantly learning from them.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, camping, paddle boarding or simply reading a book. I also enjoy learning and trying new things and traveling.
I look forward to embarking on this adventure together…. We Are Crew!